Sunday, July 08, 2007

Progress

Oh my goodness, this MS3 stole thing is quite addicting. My progress is small, but I am happy with it. I made the rash decision to skip swatching and just jump in and knit, as I was already running behind. I figured that is I wasn't happy with the result, I could rip and reknit. But I am. AND I havent made any mistakes yet! I get so excited when I get to the end of a row and my stitch count is correct. PHEW. I actually have a confession. This is my first "real" bit of lace. In fact, I certainly wouldn't call myself an experienced knitter, but I am certainly an adventurous one. I once read that the only difference between a beginner and an experienced knitter is one knows HOW to fix her/his mistakes. THAT is something I have had to learn and learn well! lol I did knit Embossed Leaves socks, and the Party Lace scarf from Magknits (well, I guess that is "real" lace, but it was only a 4 row lace repeat!), so I may be in over my head here, but I don't tend to do things on a small scale. Shocker, I know. A bit of an overacheiver. (If only I was where housework was concerned!)
Here is the first pic, not quite through the first chart...

I had planned to use the purple beads from the last post, but didn't have a crochet hook small enough (fyi -- if you are going to use size 8 beads, you need a sz 12 crochet hook or smaller. Mine is a 10.) At 9:15pm, I knew I wouldn't make it to the nearest craft store for new beads IF the had any I liked and IF they had the right size and/or crochet hook, and I wanted to start NOW. So I went to ye olde bead stash (thank you, stitchmarker business) and found a great mix of triangular blue beads that I had purchased "just because". I had enough to start, but not sure I have enough for the finished project, so I went to the local bead store today -- Le Beaderie -- and picked up more, and then some! (The gals at Le Beaderie rock -- they are so super friendly, and one of the owners, Cheryl, is also an avid knitter.) I grabbed some gold iris seed beads for Ericka just in case (and they were even kind enough to COUNT them for me! 325 in the bag -- score!). They are pictured here next to my beads.

I also raided the 50% off bin and made off with this loot...

I feel some new sock and scarf patterns coming on! (..again, with the little upstart knitter getting a big head...)
I spent quite a few hours clearing out the studio space today, and the goal is to be in it by next weekend, as I'll have a house full of my girlscouts and all of their parents. And, umm, well, right now, no one could fit in, let alone walk through, my living area. The whole yarn-thing has kinda taken over. I'll snap some pics, but I'll have to show them another day, when I am able to laugh about it. Maybe in about 10 years.

9 comments:

NH Knitting Mama said...

Very nice!

ErickaJo said...

Those are great! Perfect! Thank you so much :D I can't wait to get that yarn from Spunky. I will so be on my way... way behind everyone else, but oh well ;)

Yarn Thing said...

Cool Beads! I just joined last minute to the MS3 and haven't even purchased the yarn yet! Let alone the beads!

Yours is looking fantastic! Can't wait to see more progress :-)

Marly
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Karen said...

I have yet to start mine - however, your's is gorgeous - looking forward to seeing how it turns out - I probably won't get to it until the fall :-(

Sarah said...

Wow. That is going to be gorgeous!

Nichole said...

How is it that I've never "found" that bead store? Its in Derry?? What's it near? :)

And she said she didn't like triangular shawls... HA! Its coming out beautiful!

Sonya said...

I like 50% off bins!

Gigi said...

You certainly don't do things by half! The shawl is looking just beautiful. Do you have plans for all those lovely beads?

SleepyEyes said...

EEE...your shawl is coming along sooo nice!!! I love it! And the Clapotis in your handspun...well...I can't wait to see what it looks like when it's done!